Moving from crib to a bed is a big milestone in your toddler’s life. Although there is no precise time for making this move, as a parent, you want to make sure that when the time does come, it is a swift and comfortable change for your child. The key to success is to be patient and allow your child time to adjust to the change. Below are some tips from Parents.com and Newparent.com that will help make this change easier for the whole family.
Signals that it may be the right time:
• Climbing. If your child has climbed over and out of their crib more than once, it’s likely time to make the switch. When the crib rail reaches a toddler’s nipple line it may be also time to switch because climbing is much easier to do.
• Asking. If your toddler is asking to move to a bed, they may be ready.
• Another Baby. When another baby is on the way, it may be time to switch your toddler out of a crib and to a bed to begin preparing and making room for your newborn to sleep.
• Toilet Training. Daytime toilet training and dryness comes first; night time dryness is something that takes longer to develop in a toddler. Sleeping in a bed can make night time trips and access to the bathroom much easier.
Don’t rush. When thinking about moving your child to a bed, really consider your child’s readiness. Most moves are made between the first and third birthday, but as with everything, each child will be ready at their own time.
Make a gradual introduction. Some toddler’s may need a more gradual introduction into their new bed as they may be more hesitant to change. You can set up the new bed in the same room with the crib. Allow your child to play on the bed and nap there and even do your bedtime reading in the new bed. This will help your child get used to the bed gradually.
Emphasize the excitement. Make a big deal out of the move! Involving your toddler as much as possible is a great way to make his or her new bed more appealing. Let your child pick out the bed itself along with all other accessories such as new special sheets and blankets.
Use patience and encouragement. No matter when you make the big switch or what bed you choose, be sure to be patient. This may seem to be a small change for you, but in the eyes of your toddler it is definitely a big deal. Maintain your same nightly bedtime routine and continue to help your child develop a positive association with his or her new bed.
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